D,oh! I meant East. Yes, ISTR the factoid that D Block possessed the longest single corridor in Europe when built.No, it was on the east side. The big long building on the west side was D Block, which was a science block and claimed to be the longest university building in the world. There was an old boy, ex Navy, who used to pop in about once a month to do haircuts for the staff in D Block for 50p a time. I found out about him because a fellow Observer was on the staff there and it was a lot cheaper than the £4.50, with student discount, that I paid at Matthew ??? on Whitefriars Street.
The WMC eventually became part of the University, as did the Odeon Cinema, but I didn't know that the WMC had actually gone. When I was last in Cov three years ago they were looking at knocking down the Elephant over Cox Street. I used to shoot there as a member of the Poly rifle and pistol club. I also sat most of my finals there, so definitely mixed feelings about the place. The Hope and Anchor has also gone - I think it closed 10 years ago. That's a shame because I used to shoot with the landlord at a gun club on Foleshill Road and got some great lock ins and free food on a Tuesday night.
I did a couple of my exams in the WMC (Didn't know it had gone until I looked myself) and a few in the Elephant. Most of the time I spent in the Elephant was doing circuits though! I'm not surprised the Odeon got assimilated as that was where we got our introductory lecture. Nowhere else could accomodate the whole course.
Fond memories of wee Ray in the Hope (sadly passed now I believe). Used to bring him stuff from his muckers Butchers shop when I came back from home. The first time I went in to order it I said who it was for and he broke into a wide grin and said "Geordie!" and regaled me with a few tales of his youthful "entreprenuership".